February 2009 Archives
February 28, 2009
The social tools of the 21st century aren't the aberration - it's the anti-social tools of the 20th that were just plain weird...
Useful guide to producing category feeds in MT4.
February 27, 2009
Rather worrying account of mainstream media fleecing pros who put pics on Flickr.
Nice work from my colleagues at RBI US and Zibb
February 26, 2009
Tom Morris: 'My point is just this: the Internet - call it social media if you prefer - requires nothing more than common sense, a bit of courtesy and a nose for bullshit to master. Sending e-lawyers after people, throwing huffy "you ain't a proper journo!" comments around, insulting your customers, spreading bullshit - it makes you look like an idiotic dipshit."
Grim figures from the US B2B market.
Really useful look at a Mac-based workflow for producing social media content
Is the paywall argument too polarised right now?
February 25, 2009
February 24, 2009
I spend my days talking to journalists throughout the regional press, and they don't have a gripe with the web, just with their employers and their crappy approach to it. I haven't met a single "anti-web".
We have got the debate all wrong, because we are allowing people to tell us what the union and journalists think who quite clearly haven't got a clue. The debate is about properly resourced quality journalism vs money-grabbing bastards who think they can produce it in any format on the cheap.
This first appeared as an e-mail on the new media mailing list.
Comment: I think it's a shame that this is the only public response we've had from an NUJ official, because it clearly misses the point. This dispute has never been about the NUJ not understanding the web or even new media, it's about them not understanding (or engaging with) social media.
February 20, 2009
Some thoughts on the future of RBI and the B2B market in lights of Reed Elsevier's results
Will a niche social network help your business? What's the right attitude to make it work?
Telling look at the thought processes behind the Obama campaign's online community
February 19, 2009
February 18, 2009
One of the differences between the web and print media is that the web can be used for interactive, real-time experiences that have more in common with a live event such as a conference or a group discussion than with publishing.
So, as I frequently tell our journalists, when deciding how to behave, it is often useful to ask the question: "what would we do if this were really a live event, with the audience in the same room as the journalists?" The implications go far wider than simply whether or not to sub.
And that's the concept that's most often missed in discussions about subbing for the web. Much of the content that goes onto the web isn't a finished product, but a live object, that will be developed, commented on and linked to. And rethinking subbing for the web will have to take that into account. How do you add value as a sub, to something that continues to change after it's published?
Case in point: one of my colleagues, Martin Couzins of Travel Weekly, posted his criticisms of the NUJ's training over on his personal blog, ItsDevelopmental:
What will be even more tragic is if the NUJ fails to rise to the training challenge because it is too busy 'defending jobs'.Now the good news is that the union responded. The bad news is how Chris Wheal, chair of the NUJ Professional Training Committee, did so:
I would have expected a bit more creativity at a time like this (do unions do creativity?) and more focus on what members need to do to be employable. We know there will be more jobs lost across the industry but the union could and should be mapping out what a future in digital publishing will look like.
Try to be a bit more constructive.
That's how he kicked off. Not "thanks for sharing your thoughts", not "please be more constructive". He was just, well, rude.
And further on, this:
Don't bother doing it on a blog; you can phone the training department and tell them (politely).
So, you know, don't bother having an open conversation about union issues. Don't bother engaging with them through the very social media that journalists need to learn about. No, come cap in hand (politely) to your union betters.
The union's reputation in this area is bad enough. Responses like this just make it worse.
Quick, to the point and touches on the issues that both farmers and consumers care about.
Besides, I'm painfully middle-class and so am honour-bound to love Waitrose....
Janine Gibson, editor of the Guardian’s website, says this is not true of the Guardian: “The majority of our blogs are edited and subbed before publication. I can only think of a small handful of journalists who blog direct to the web without being either desked or subbed first. We don’t publish news stories undesked and although our journalists can publish pictures direct to blogs, they rarely do.”
Estatecreate.com launched yesterday, a site allowing property owners to create their own web page to sell their house. The page is hosted and run through the site's search engine—as well as other property classifieds sites—for £5.95 per month. And unlike most property sites, there's no commission.
February 17, 2009
Reed Elsevier, the publisher that shelved plans to sell its business information division last year amid collapsing valuations, is close to securing a forward-start agreement to extend about $2bn of loan debt by three years.
February 13, 2009
So I stand by what I said yesterday that we should accept that the current level of subbing numbers could be drastically reduced. In some cases, a layer of the editorial process can be eliminated altogether.Blimey.
Meanwhile, subbing can also be outsourced in order for hard-pressed newspapers groups to reduce their overheads. The financial facts speak for themselves: hardly any serious national newspaper makes money.
It is therefore sensible for publishers to consider whether to cut costs by having the task done by a centralised collective of skilled journalists elsewhere, be it in Australia or India. And it wouldn't surprise me in the least if Britain's own Press Association, which already produces thousands upon thousands of ready-to-publish pages every week were to take up that challenge here.
However, the meaty stuff kicks off at around 43 minutes in, as he starts talking about the reaction of journalists to Twitter and moves onto the relationship between the web and our culture. Mach to agree with, and much to provoke thought.
You can grab it from iTunes.
February 11, 2009
He's put up a post on the role of the production journalist as we move into a web-centric publishing model, and it's quite thought-provoking.
In all honesty, it's probably the part of the existing journalism infrastructure I've done the least thinking about, and so I'm enjoying seeing a debate opening up. I see one of the Engine Room bloggers has already joined in....
* I am being a touch unfair here - he has a reasonably active internal blog. :-)
February 7, 2009
An interesting exploration of the concept and importance of invisible communities
February 6, 2009
A very quick video summary of what link journalism is about.
February 5, 2009
Roy Greenslade reports on some chilling research into the employment fate of redundant newspaper journalists in the US:
An American Journalism Review article asks: Is there life after newspapers? To that end, it conducted a survey of journalists on US papers who left their jobs between 1999 and 2007. And here's the killer fact: only 6% have since found other newspaper work.
"The rest are doing everything from public relations to teaching to driving a bus and clerking in a liquor store," says the writer, Robert Hodierne. And they are earning less.
Something to think about...
February 4, 2009
Why suing your consumers is a poor idea…